Birmingham News Touts Arts Center History & Current Attraction

IMG_0125September 12, 2009

The Birmingham News travel section recently ran a wonderful article highlighting the history of the Prattville Center for the Arts (342 Chestnut Street) as well as its current attraction. The following is an excerpt from that article.

It started life as a residence and since then has been a number of things including a spot for community classes and a place to take art lessons.

"There may have been a time when there were offices there," said Barbara Simpson, president of the Prattauga Art Guild, "but I can't swear to that."

The house, which is now the Center for the Arts, will add another title on Sunday (September 13) when The Gallery opens there. It will also house the Prattauga Art Guild. Plans are also in the works to again hold art classes in the building.

The opening reception will be from 2 - 5 p.m. and will feature artist Charlie "Tin Man" Lucas. Lucas is internationally known for his outsider artwork. His works, which include large iron and found objects sculpture and paintings, have been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe. Lucas will be at The Gallery during the opening reception. This exhibit will continue to be on display until September 25. To have the exhibit opened for your viewing pleasure, please call the Cultural Arts department at (334) 358-0297.

The Gallery will host the Prattauga Art Guild Annual Fall Art Show October 4-25. This exhibit features works by members of the Prattauga Art Guild and artists from throughout the River Region. This show represents a variety of styles and art media.

Prattville has become a destination location. It can be your home base for a weekend of relaxing strolls and stops at quaint shops. Anytime you come here to Prattville, you can visit Prattvillage, a collection of turn-of-the-century homes, and enjoy the gardens there. The gardens are maintained by the local Master Gardeners. While enjoying The Gallery, be sure to take a stroll down the Autauga Creekwalk. There is so much to do and see in Prattville. Please be sure to check the Visitors section of this website for more attractions and information.

Special thanks to The Birmingham News for highlighting just one of Prattville's many treasures. For more information about The Gallery and its exhibits or classes, please contact Cultural Arts at (334) 359-0297.

Photos from The Gallery opening